From this week, housebound residents will start to receive a COVID-19 vaccine within their own home or place of residence.
A resident is deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and/or psychological illness. Those who are housebound will have been identified by their GP practice.
Housebound residents will receive a phone call from their practice to advise them that they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and an appointment will be made for a home visit. Please note that due to how the vaccine has to be managed, practices will need to do a number of house calls within a few hours to ensure no vaccine is wasted so please be flexible as this will help more people to be vaccinated as quickly as logistically possible.
The COVID vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the virus. To date, over 18,000 people have received their first vaccination in Knowsley. All care home residents and many staff have been vaccinated.
The NHS and GP practices are working together to deliver the programme in Knowsley at the 2 vaccination centres in the Council’s One Stop Shops in Huyton and Kirkby and a roving site in Halewood which will be used as and when vaccine supply allows.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “I’m delighted with the progress being made with the COVID vaccination programme here in Knowsley. Priority groups are being contacted by GPs to receive the vaccination and now, residents who are housebound will also be able to get vaccinated. It is the best protection against this virus and with rates being so high in Knowsley, we need to do all that we can to contain the spread of the virus within our communities.”
The programme is working in line with the national priority groupings which is currently anyone aged 70 and above along with any individual aged between 18 – 69 who is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable which means they have been formally asked to shield by the NHS/Government.
If you are in the above groups and have not received your first vaccine or an appointment, please call the Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group on 0151 244 4121 and an appointment will be made for you. In the meantime, remember to follow the rules, wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social distance, even after you have been vaccinated. Further information about the COVID-19 Vaccination is available online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.